Spanish Island looks far too high in the ratings after beating Dirakh Shan here but then subsequently losing by twenty lengths on handicap debut. Barq has every chance against this opposition and first time cheek-pieces accompany a tongue-strap to seek further improvement. Polish World may not benefit from a switch to this track as he likes to be leading the way and this could leave him exposed to a hold-up type in the latter stages. Copperwood has been slowly away recently and Jonnie Skull is hit-and-miss, so we prefer the more consistent HELLBENDER who is suitably ridden by hold-up hotshot Richard Hughes. Kiss A Prince beat our selection two starts ago so looks an obvious danger but Tuxedo and last time out winner Spa's Dancer are also threats.
Hazzard County (USA) 20-1 (8-11) Held up mid-division, headway over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 4th of 11, 1 1/4l behind My Best Bet (9-1) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Barq (IRE) Evensfav (9-4) Tracked leaders, eased out right to chase winner well over 1f out, edged right inside final furlong, no impression towards finish, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Hi Shinko (9-7) at Folkestone 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Polish World (USA) 7-1 (8-11) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 11, 5l behind Jeannie Galloway (8-9) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug.
Spa's Dancer (IRE) Evensfav (9-3) Pushed along from start and soon keen tracking leaders on inside, led 2f out, ridden out final furlong, ran on well, won at Kempton 7f mdn stks (5) pol beating Tenessee (9-3) by 2l, 13 ran.
Spanish Island (USA) 8-1 (9-4) Ridden over 4f out, always towards rear, 12th of 13, 21l behind Brick Red (9-4) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Aug.
Kiss A Prince 4-1fav (9-0) Dwelt, soon mid-division, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 13, 10l behind Sweet Clementine (9-3) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Aug.
Swiss Cross 15-2 (8-9) Held up in touch, behind final 2f, 11th of 15, 12l behind Chapter And Verse (9-8) at Kempton 1m hcp (2) pol.
Tuxedo 5-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, effort on inside to challenge over 2f out, ridden and chance over 1f out, held inside final furlong, 2nd of 12, 3/4l behind Arteus (9-3) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Hellbender (IRE) 2-1fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, hard driven and every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Signora Frasi (9-2) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Copperwood 14-1 (9-10) Held up, headway 2f out, ridden and stayed on to go 3rd inside final furlong, not reach leaders, 3rd of 12, 2 3/4l behind Nisaal (9-10) at Leicester 7f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Aug.
Best Trip (IRE) 33-1 (9-1) Led, headed over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 8, 23l behind Haatheq (9-0) at Leicester 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Polar Annie 11-2 (9-8) In touch, outpaced 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 16l behind Ashkalara (8-5) at Chepstow 1m flls hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug.
Jonnie Skull (IRE) 25-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened 1f out, 8th of 14, 7l behind Yourgolftravel Com (8-12) at Brighton 7f hcp (6) gf in Apr.
Abriachan 66-1 (8-8) Dwelt, always behind, 14th of 15, 22l behind Bullwhip (9-9) at Newmarket 7f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Aug.